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Minecraft on Gear VR? Yes, says Microsoft

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Minecraft on Gear VR? Yes, says Microsoft
Minecraft was only recently unseated from the top of the paid titles in the Play Store, and has been unrelenting success for Microsoft ever since the team from Redmond acquired the game franchise. Soon, you will be able to play Minecraft from the comfort of your Gear VR headset, too, which will open a whole new frontier for the block-builder in you.

Microsoft and Oculus announced at the GDC 2016 event that they are working on a Minecraft port for Samsung's Gear VR. That headset has in its turn been developed in collaboration with Oculus, but uses the screens of various Samsung handsets, instead of having its own display like the Rift.

This makes the Gear VR much cheaper, and with the potential to become more popular, as Samsung has been giving its virtual reality headset away with the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, so Microsoft might have taken note when deciding which VR platforms to port Minecraft for.

source: Engadget

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posted on 16 Mar 2016, 04:43 1

1. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


At least, this will be the only Microsoft project to not flop badly like Windows Phone.

I'm waiting forward to try one.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:10 4

5. Wiencon (Posts: 1784; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Surely Windows and Office are enormous flops

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 04:43 1

2. drunkenjay (Posts: 859; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I guess kids will go "somewhat" crazy for the vr's since minecraft is for the younger generations if im correct.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 04:53 2

3. drunkenjay (Posts: 859; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Ill rephrase my statement. Great for the younger demographic.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:08 1

4. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


I'm worried if the S6/S7 will be able to play the full version as minecraft can be pretty taxing on the system, especially a mobile one. Not sure about the pocket edition though.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:30

6. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Maybe they will have some kind of streaming that requires a windows pc to crunch data and the Gear VR app more as display. Makes sense from a business perspective.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:49 3

7. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Nah, I don't think that's it. Gear VR is supposed to be and marketed as mobile VR. For real gaming using a desktop, there is oculus and vive already.

My assumption would be that they will optimise it/make a less intensive version with lower graphical requirements(obviously lower quality too).

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 08:29

9. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 449; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


It would be a cool concept though and seeing it's MS would be a reason for them to tie it to Windows somehow... The PC is used for keeping track of the full minecraft world and related calculations and the Minecraft app displays a subset at a time.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 06:55

8. Shocky (Posts: 2252; Member since: 16 May 2012)


I just hope they optimize performance for the devices this will be available on, Exynos 7420 struggles with Minecraft at 1440p, VR doesn't work to well with a crappy framerate.

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